A $60 Hotel in Crete and 6 Other Hotels So Remote You Can Only Get There By Boat
Really want to get away from it all? Consider a hotel that’s so remote, you can get there only by boat (or seaplane if you’re a tycoon). Think Robinson Crusoe without the shipwreck. Here, some of the standouts.
The dock leading to paradise — Ilet Oscar Guest House (Photo: Ilet Oscar Guest House)
Ilet Oscar Guest House, Martinique
Take a 10-minute boat ride from Francois Marina to Ilet Oscar and you’ll completely unplug. The spit of land on the southeast side of Martinique has nothing more than a colonial-style, four-bedroom guesthouse and amazing views of the sky and ocean. There’s no Internet, no TV, and no phone service.
Instead, guests can savor gourmet Creole-French meals and then paddle over to the shallow swimming hole known as Josephine’s Bathtub, where the Martinique-born wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, Empress Josephine, once chose to swim, according to legend.
Islanders can also kayak, snorkel, and water ski. Or simply enjoy the view from the veranda.
A guest room with a view at Verana (Photo: Verana)
High above the Bay of Banderas, yoga is practiced close to the clouds. The infinity pool offers a stunning view of the beach below: In fact, the entire boutique resort, complete with spa, is perched on a steep hillside.
Relaxation is in order, because just to get to Verana takes some effort: From Puerto Vallarta, guests drive to nearby Boca de Tomatlán, the last beach reachable by car.
Then a 30-minute boat ride transports you and your luggage to the Yelapa coast. You’re not there yet: You take a vigorous walk up the hill while mules haul your suitcases.
Although Verana has many luxurious touches, such as gourmet meals and a romantic setting, it’s a rugged retreat. The bungalows without walls are set in the jungle, so there are few prying eyes. But guests should expect to share their rooms with the natural — buggy — world. Day trips give guests options to whale watch, horseback ride, and fish.
The Florida Keys’ Little Palm Island (Photo: Little Palm Island)